Punters don’t get hit very often. As long as the punt gets off clean and there isn’t a long return, they’re usually in the clear. Maybe that’s why Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez didn’t think to keep his head on a swivel after a punt in the third quarter of a preseason game. Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown took advantage of that and demolished Sanchez with a blindside shot. Sanchez was able to walk off the field under his own power. Brown was a seventh-round pick for the Cowboys and probably didn’t help his case for a spot on the roster by picking up a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. He finished the Hall of Fame Game without a reception and had a fumble in his preseason
Max Scherzer made two seven-inning starts after the neck issue that ended his outing against the Miami Marlins last month after just one inning. According to reports out of San Diego tonight, however, the issue has returned (on the other side of his neck) and Scherzer informed Nats’ skipper Dusty Baker that he wouldn’t be able to go tonight in his scheduled start against the Padres. Matt Grace will start in Scherzer’s place jn the second game of four with the Padres in Petco Park. More info when it’s available. Here are the tweeted reports out of San Diego: This continues a familiar trend where the Nationals get a player back and lose one at the same time (See: Michael A. Taylor + Brian Goodwin;
From the way many New York Rangers fans discuss Alain Vigneault, you’d think he was presiding over the era of 1997-98 to 2003-04, when the Rangers missed the playoffs for seven straight seasons. From a sheer win-loss standpoint, Vigneault’s been a success, even if the Rangers haven’t been able to win it all. The Rangers’ points percentage has been at .628, almost as strong as his .632 mark with the Canucks, when AV took Vancouver within one win of that elusive Stanley Cup title.